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Peru ponders corruption probe's cost after shocking suicide

Apr. 18, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The suicide of former President Alan Garcia shocked Peruvians and sparked a debate swirling Thursday on television channels and in newspaper columns: What will be the price of the country's painful reckoning with corruption? All but one of the nation's living elected former presidents are...

Guatemalan presidential candidate arrested on drug charges

Apr. 17, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Guatemalan presidential candidate was arrested Wednesday in Miami on drug and weapons charges, accused of plotting to assassinate political rivals and to let drug dealers use Guatemala's ports and airports. The candidate, Mario Amilcar Estrada Orellana, 58, and an alleged accomplice, Juan...

Lawyer: Crime figure charged in Russian lawmaker's killing

Apr. 7, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The lawyer for an imprisoned Russian organized crime figure says the man has been charged in the 1998 assassination of reformist lawmaker Galina Starovoitova. Starovoitova, a prominent liberal member of the national parliament, was gunned down outside her St. Petersburg residence. Four people...

Suit: US drug agency deemed firm 'kingpin' in 'drug cartel'

Apr. 1, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration viewed one drug-producing company as the "kingpin within a drug cartel," according to a Tennessee lawsuit over the opioid epidemic. A nearly 250-page amended complaint filed Monday in Circuit Court for Cumberland County said the DEA labeled...

New York sues billionaire family behind maker of OxyContin

Mar. 28, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York is suing the billionaire family behind the company that created OxyContin, joining a growing list of state and local governments seeking to hold not only the firm but its owners accountable for the nation's opioid crisis. The state, which averages nine opioid-related deaths per...

Berlin police raid premises suspected of Mideast crime links

Mar. 28, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police have searched hookah bars, jewelers and travel agents linked to families suspected of involvement in organized crime in the German capital. Police said the raids Thursday involving more than 300 officers and prosecutors were "the biggest such operation in Berlin" to date,...

Spain: FBI offered data stolen in North Korean Embassy raid

Mar. 26, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain has issued at least two international arrest warrants for members of a self-proclaimed human rights group who allegedly led a mysterious raid at the North Korean Embassy in Madrid last month and offered the FBI stolen data from the break-in. A National Court judge who lifted a secrecy...

Members of Mexican drug cartel indicted in Virginia

Mar. 25, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A dozen members of a Mexican drug cartel have been indicted in Virginia on federal drug conspiracy charges. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia says the indictments were unsealed Monday against members of Jalisco New Generation Cartel. U.S. Attorney...

Lawyer: Suspect in mob boss killing affected by hate speech

Mar. 25, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for a man suspected of killing a reputed New York mob boss says hate speech and right-wing conspiracy websites are to blame for recent changes in the man's behavior. However, Anthony Comello pleaded not guilty on Monday as he was arraigned under heavy security on murder and other...

Suspect in mob boss slaying could face lethal Mafia justice

Mar. 21, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As Anthony Comello sits in jail on murder charges, he may have more than legal problems to worry about — namely, whether the Mafia is going to get its hands on him. The man he is accused of killing was the reputed boss of New York's Gambino crime family, Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali,...